Five Risks a Company May Face with GDPR Compliance

CIO Review Europe | Wednesday, September 29, 2021

 Companies must look into GDPR compliance risks to protect people’s data and examine greater organizational risks.

Fremont CA: GDPR's principal purpose is to standardize how businesses manage data privacy and security while processing data from EU individuals. Because of the nature of GDPR, all firms subject to the legislation must take a risk-based approach to data protection. After all, the GDPR's primary goal is to protect people's data, and examining risks can help a company better understand its weaknesses and weak points.

GDPR as legislation encompasses far more than just compliance; it has the potential to affect a wide range of other hazards that businesses face on a daily basis. Some of the GDPR compliance risks are as follows:

Legal risk

The fact that GDPR applies to all organization’s that process EU citizen data is a source of anxiety for companies not based in the EU. This also raises the issue of potential contradictions with local rules and the GDPR's so-called grey areas, such as anti-money laundering and other related regulations. The issue of various regulations clashing should be looked at on a case-by-case basis as soon as possible.

Cyber security risk

To begin with, all businesses should have adequate data security measures. Unfortunately, this isn't the case across the globe, and companies should be vigilant about their data security and privacy policies, updating and expanding them as needed. GDPR compliance would become intertwined with many business processes to perform as intended, and the same goes for disaster recovery plans and business continuity.

Compliance risk

One of the biggest concerns for a majority of businesses regarding GDPR compliance is the enormity of the fines that can be imposed for a breach - up to €20 million, or 4% of the company's annual global turnover. Even without the sanctions, this amount of money would be devastating to many firms.

New product-related risks

Due to the necessity to conduct DPIAs and other assessments, several businesses will need to significantly alter their current schedules and operating methods in order to adopt the well-known GDPR-related “by default” security principle for all processed data. To avoid unforeseen compliance violations in the first place, it's also a good idea to give GDPR-related risks closer attention within the firm.

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